I, Ram Kumar Kakani, with utmost pleasure, welcome you all to my website. It is an effort, co-created by supportive friends and colleagues.
There are a few things that I am eager to share on this website.
I am an academician by profession and presently working as a faculty at the XLRI Xavier Institute of Management, Jamshedpur, India (henceforth XLRI).
I have taught at XLRI for over a decade. It is a relation starting from 2001 with few interesting experiments in the middle. For example, a short sojourn with the SPJCM Dubai-Singapore campus (2007-08). In mid-2012, I moved to India’s apex public administration training institute, the Lal Bahadur Shastri National School of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie (2012-14) as a proud servant of the Government of India. Now, I am back to my home turf (i.e. XLRI), wherein I can attempt to channelize my dissipating energies and time back to some decent academic work with decent societal ramifications.
LBSNAA was also kind enough to me – in allowing a short sabbatical to be in Africa, as an ICCR Chair Professor at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria for a semester in 2013.
Prior to joining XLRI, I also had the opportunity to spend one semester as a research scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark – during my residential doctoral work at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.
I am also eagerly looking forward to do a few more interesting career experiments… may be, the unknown and unseen parts of continents such as the Americas and Antarctica and also a few hinterlands in India such as the Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland.
My area of interests in terms of subjects is wide ranging... yet focused towards Analysis and Management. For example, I have got something or the other co-authored in areas ranging from Agriculture to Political Relationships to Auditing.
My latest book 'Indian Business Groups: Strategy and Performance' released in 2015 was another such academic move. Please see the details in the Books section.
Lately, I seem to be picking a bit more interest in learning on softer areas such as Leadership Development… Insah Allah and Goddess willing, let us see… how much I’m able to learn (and later on contribute) to these domains.
The primary purpose behind the creation of this website is sharing ideas, learnings, and experiences in the form of edible information. Thus, this website may not be just informative but also brings a bit of positive future oriented-ness in building a socio-economic system in a constructivist manner.
There is one Student Resources section, where students can find some resources which have been collected over the years that might help them improve their comprehension of the concepts. There is another section, Training Resources, where interested visitors might find resources which have been collected over the years that might help them in becoming a better human.